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What causes sudden weight gain, stomach rumbling and acid reflux?

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Posted on Fri, 22 Jul 2016
Question: hi; i have had shoulder blade annoyance under ribs on the right side. it first began in january of 2015.
it has not prevented me from doing anything.
sometimes i feel it in my kidney area.
not really painful, just feel something there.
this has not prevented me from living my normal/active life as a football coach.

i have had lots of gas and stomach rumblings.
i have never been gassy like this.

i have had unexplained weight gain, and more unusual is the inability to lose the weight, despite being an avid runner, I ran 2 20k races this spring, 2 10k races and i live a very active life.
i usually have no trouble losing any weight i gain and now it is all in my lower belly.
never had this kind of belly fat and my diet/lifestyle has not changed.


i am constipated, but when i have to go, i have to go immediately, like sometimes a race to the toilet.

i have been unusually lethargic and lazy.

tough getting out of bed because i'm tired and unmotivated.
i've been unmotivated at work and at home...feeling lazy.

i feel something is amiss and haven't felt like myself.

input is appreciated.
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Answered by Dr. T Chandrakant (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Clinical evaluation and investigations as detailed

Detailed Answer:
Hi.
Thanks for your query.
To recapitulate: Male/51 - shoulder blade annoyance under ribs on the right side - since XXXXXXX 2015 - sometimes in kidney area - not preventing to live as football coach - lots of gas and stomach rumbling - usually constipated but when has to go have to rush - unexplained weight gain - inability to loose - lower belly fat - no changes in diet or lifestyle - lethargic and lazy - unmotivated - feeling that something is amiss - wants input ...
Considering the age and the history that you have provided my thoughts are:
Since you are a football coach with history of active life in past the symptoms should be investigated for in the following way:
- Tests of blood: routine and particularly for diabetes including HbA1c, thyroid and liver functions.
Tests of stool and urine
- Ultrasonography of the abdomen
- Clinical evaluation and examination by a Doctor to have clinical judgement and to correlate with your test reports and advise for further tests depending upon the clinical findings and to refer to the Specialist if required.
- With the advancing age, there can be some usual issues that you might not have been prepared for (just a thought); you may please share if you have and you can.
- Please get these things done and give me the feedback.

I hope this answer helps you to get a proper diagnosis and a plan for treatment. Please feel free to ask for further relevant queries if you feel that there is a gap of communication.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. T Chandrakant (17 minutes later)
so what explains the weight gain and inability to lose weight?
i still have a hearty appetite.
i drink lots of water.
am fatigued, but not too tired to run 20k races, 10k rases and coach a football team.
what do you mean by: "With the advancing age, there can be some usual issues that you might not have been prepared for (just a thought)"
50 is old?
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Answered by Dr. T Chandrakant (48 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
as explained in details.

Detailed Answer:
To know the reasons for weight gain, inability to loose weight in spite of such an active life, you need to undergo clinical evaluation and the investigations as suggested above in details.
It is difficult to understand that a person who is a football coach and not too tired to run 20K races feels fatigued, feels lethargic and lazy, tired and unmotivated. There comes the angle of some issues if all the tests are normal.
I did not say old. Advancing age is one thing that everyone goes through and has its own usual changes, challenges, may be some sort of stress and/or anxiety. You alone can know as you have not mentioned anything about this part, which I am trying to explore as one of the commonest reasons we find with.
Please get all the tests done as mentioned above and give feedback.
The response/answer totally depends upon the history and the feedback you give. Hence the need of detailed history and feedback.



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Follow up: Dr. T Chandrakant (20 hours later)
through the "research" i've done the past 19 months, i was thinking this was something with the gallbladder.
i have no symptoms/issues when i am active, coaching, running, exercising; only when i am sitting at desk or relaxing, watching television.
i had a full physical examination in december of 2015 and all bloodwork was good/normal, although i did not mention these symptoms at the time. when this first began in january of 2015 i thought it was a pulled muscle in right scapula region. strength and endurance are still good. appetite still good.
my job comes with a certain amount of stress, but do not feel this is stress related, but what do i know? i am no doctor?
are there other questions you would like to ask me about condition or history? i plan to see my GP after the July 4th holiday.
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Answered by Dr. T Chandrakant (57 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
As detailed below.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your feedback.
19 months: research you have done indicated something with gall bladder - no symptoms when active - only if relaxing/sitting at desk, watching TV - that is when you are not actively involved into some activity actively - have stress at job...

All this history again indicates towards the probable cause related to stress and related issues I wanted to say in the previous answers.

If this was due to gall bladder problem, there would have a lot of pain particularly after fatty meals. Ultrasound and related further tests would help to confirm or rule out the causes.

Stress can cause fibromyalgia, causing the typical shoulder blade annoyance under ribs on the right side which is not preventing you from living normal/active life as a football coach and all the other symptoms of gas, stomach rumbling, has to rush for passing bowel movement, lethargy, and other symptoms that you have.

Stress and related factors always have the effects.

Since you are about to consult your GP, please discuss these issues as well and get the investigations suggested above.

- Tests of blood: routine and particularly for diabetes including HbA1C, thyroid and liver functions.
Tests of stool and urine..

- Ultrasonography of the abdomen

- Clinical evaluation and examination by a Doctor to have clinical judgement and to correlate with your test reports and advise for further tests depending upon the clinical findings and to refer to the Specialist if required.

This will help to confirm or rule out the probable causes.

Control of stress may help to alleviate your present problems. The findings on investigations and clinical evaluation may add up proper medications to come out of the situation.
Please give the feedback so that we can discuss further.


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Brief Answer: Clinical evaluation and investigations as detailed Detailed Answer: Hi. Thanks for your query. To recapitulate: Male/51 - shoulder blade annoyance under ribs on the right side - since XXXXXXX 2015 - sometimes in kidney area - not preventing to live as football coach - lots of gas and stomach rumbling - usually constipated but when has to go have to rush - unexplained weight gain - inability to loose - lower belly fat - no changes in diet or lifestyle - lethargic and lazy - unmotivated - feeling that something is amiss - wants input ... Considering the age and the history that you have provided my thoughts are: Since you are a football coach with history of active life in past the symptoms should be investigated for in the following way: - Tests of blood: routine and particularly for diabetes including HbA1c, thyroid and liver functions. Tests of stool and urine - Ultrasonography of the abdomen - Clinical evaluation and examination by a Doctor to have clinical judgement and to correlate with your test reports and advise for further tests depending upon the clinical findings and to refer to the Specialist if required. - With the advancing age, there can be some usual issues that you might not have been prepared for (just a thought); you may please share if you have and you can. - Please get these things done and give me the feedback. I hope this answer helps you to get a proper diagnosis and a plan for treatment. Please feel free to ask for further relevant queries if you feel that there is a gap of communication.